Mongolia is known as the land of the blue sky, and it certainly lives up to its reputation.
The Parliament Building
By Asian standards, democracy seems to be working well here. The Darth Vader looking
statue in the center in none other than the national hero Genghis Kahn.
Horses remain the best way of herding domestic animals on the steppes.
Mongolian Howard Johnson's
A brightly decorated restaurant is a welcome site after a long journey across the steppes.
There is no limit to opportunities for buying trinkets.
This was on display in a reconstructed thirteenth century ger.
Meat is abundant and delicious. It comes from sheep, goats, cows, yaks, horses and
camels. Also, I understand that marmot is quite delicious, but I didn't get a chance
to try it.
We didn't make it to the Gobi Desert, but we did see sand dunes in central Mongolia.
I don't know what animal provided these bones, but it was pretty big.
What's for Dinner?
I saw these skewers of meat on a cow dung barbeque in a ger in the reconstructed
thirteenth century village. It is not clear whether modern people cook like this.
Anyway, I was not offered a taste.
More Conventional Fare
If you like meat, Mongolia is a wonderful place to eat. However, vegetarians have been
known to complain about the cuisine.
On the way back home we stopped in Beijing for a day.